The last work from one of the twentieth century’s most significant writers, continuing the semi-autobiographical cycle centring on the Tyrone family started by Long Day’s Journey into Night.
James ‘Jamie’ Tyrone Jnr is a hard-drinking Broadway playboy, trying to blot out his painful memories of the past by indulging his craven self-destructive streak. One day he finds that he has wandered to the home of his salty tenant-farmer Phil Hogan; and Hogan’s lusty, jaded daughter Josie.
Under the Connecticut moon, Jamie and Josie find something in each other they never knew existed – though it is only when he passes out dead drunk that Josie can really touch him. But will he still be there when the moon goes?
Eugene O’Neill’s play A Moon for the Misbegotten had its world premiere at the Hartman Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, in 1947. It premiered on Broadway in 1957.
This edition of the play includes a full introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.
‘Eugene O’Neill is arguably the greatest of American playwrights… this play is a work of shattering genius’
‘A scorching play about the eternal American theme of reality and illusion… that rarest of theatrical treats: an evening of raw, powerful emotion’
‘Tremendous, often shatteringly powerful… wrenches the heart like few other 20th-century dramas’
— Daily Telegraph